Jamaica Sports News: The Senior National Squash Team won two bronze medals for Jamaica, to wrap up a grueling week of competition, at the 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games (CAC) in Barranquilla, Colombia.
The squad comprised of Chris Binnie, Lewis Walters and Bruce Burrowes, Jamaica’s top three players, respectively, copped a bronze medal in the hotly contested team competition.
The Jamaicans started with a bang, making short work of Cayman when Binnie beat longtime rival, Cameron Stafford 11-4, 11-5, 11-5; Burrowes held off Julian Jervis 11-5, 11-9, 0-11, 5-11, 12-10, and Lewis defeated Jacob Kelly 11-6, 19-17.
The win earned the players a spot in the semifinals where they waged an epic war against favourites Mexico, with Walters posting a 14-12, 11-2, 12-10 win against Arturo Salazar but Binnie lost 11-6, 11-6, 11-6 to Cesar Salazar and Bruce Burrowes suffered an 11-4, 11-5, 11-8 defeat at the hands of Alfredo Avila.
The 2-1 loss meant that Jamaica did not advance to the finals. The third place finish in the team event was a strong comeback, after Binnie and Walters were eliminated in the quarter finals of the men’s doubles competition. It was also a good complement to the bronze medal that Binnie won in the individual competition.
The reigning Jamaican and Caribbean Champion had a splendid run beating Barbadian, Shawn Simpson 11-8, 11-3, 11-7, in the round of 16 and Noah Browne of Bermuda 11-6, 11-8, 11-4 in the quarter finals. In the semifinals Binnie was beaten 11-8, 11-7, 11-6 by the eventual gold medalist, Miguel Angel Rodriguez of Mexico but earned the bronze medal.
Team Manager, Gill Binnie said the players had a lot of to be proud of and she was pleased with their performance.
“The standard of squash being played by Jamaican players at the senior level has improved tremendously in the last few years and our players are proving that they can compete with the best on the biggest stages and be a force to be reckoned with,” she said.
By: Mckoy’s News Sports Team